The drive-in has an American 50s aesthetic. / FRANCIS SILVA

Back to the 50s at Malaga's drive-in cinema

Popular attraction. The Autocine Malaga Metrovacesa, the second largest drive-in in Europe, has enjoyed a sell-out first fortnight


Offering films, food and rock and roll, a time machine nestled in a Malaga industrial estate transports guests to the 50s as rockabilly music plays in the background.

Constructed on a 16,000-square-metre plot, the drive-in is, say its founders, about "living an entire experience."

Tamara Istambul and Cristina Porta are the co-founders behind the first permanent drive-in cinema in Andalucía, the second largest in Europe and the only one with a screen that exceeds the size of a tennis court (250 square metres).

Residents on the Costa del Sol have wholeheartedly embraced the concept of the cinema with a sell-out opening fortnight.

During this inaugural month, the drive-in opens at 8pm from Monday to Sunday, two hours before the screening.

During that time there is live music and a children's area as well as a variety of food available, from a diner complete with CocaCola swivel chairs and padded benches to Mexican, pizza and waffle trucks.

Classics and premieres will alternate on the drive-in's schedule with a change every two weeks.

The cinema has space for 250 vehicles that can park in front of the screenand the area can take close to 3,200 people in total.

The sound comes through the car radio, with options to tune into either English or Spanish audio.

The film can also be watched from the bar and the terrace.

When the weather permits, 150 deckchairs will also be laid out.

The classic Grease - with one of its scenes set in a drive-in cinema - premiered on the big screen for the opening week with a rockabilly concert and an Elvis Presley tribute act to entertain the cinema-goers. Venom, the latest of the Marvel movies, has taken over this week.

At weekends and holidays, the activities begin at noon with Rita's Brunch and family friendly themed events.

Last weekend, they also held a Campus University Party and Oktoberfest on Sunday, with paella and ham hock on the menu.

Autocine Malaga Metrovacesa has already agreed to host the Fancine (UMA's fantastic film festival) in its facilities, and they hope to work with the Malaga Film Festival.

They will also hold three private events and two concerts.

Autocine Malaga has been made possible due to the efforts of Tamara Istambul and Cristina Porta (who already launched Autocine Madrid Race in 2016), the sponsorship of Metrovacesa and other companies (Grupo Nieto, Balearia, Famadesa and Museo Automovilístico) and the support of three authorities that showed their support with their presence at the inauguration; the president of the Diputación, Francisco Salado, the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, and the tourism delegate from the regional government, Nuria González.